Maasai villages, called bomas, are circular in structure with a handful of mud homes on the perimeter. The center is kept empty and livestock is brought in at night in order to protect the cattle from lions and thieves. The fence itself is constructed of thorned acacia branches and each gate into the village represents a family.
Because of the Maasai tribe’s proximity to some of Africa’s most visited, they are also one of the most well-known African natives. Unlike many other, far more private indigenous groups, the Maasai are also known to welcome visitors to their villages to learn about their customs and way of life.